Working from home can be quite enjoyable.
In fact, many people would love to work from home, especially if they're dealing with a lot of traffic on their way to and from work. Or, if they have a lot of stress with co-workers or bosses.
Since the days of COVID, there have been many more opportunities to work from home or remotely. While this has been a blessing for many people, others have found that they've struggled mentally or emotionally being at home most of the time when they're used to being out and about.
If you're working remotely from home, there are certain things you can do to keep your mental and emotional health in check.
Working from home for over a decade, I can say for me, it's been helpful to check in with myself every so often to be sure that I am in balance.
There have been times that I isolated myself and then wonder why I'm dealing with anxiety or depression. When I check in with myself, I realize that I need more time out and about, having fun in the community or with family and friends.
If you talk to those who have been working from home for a while, there are a few common psychological effects that they may experience.
Probably the biggest negative effect for some is loneliness. This is especially true if they live alone. Putting in hours around the clock by yourself at home day after day can certainly affect mental and emotional health.
Along with loneliness, depression can set in. When living in an isolated environment while you're not getting much social interaction or experiencing new things or environments, mental health can begin to decline.
If you work from home and do you have a family to take care of, your stress level could certainly increase. Trying to find the time to put the hours in for work when you have small children that need to be taken care of or perhaps a needy partner may cause some struggles.
If this is the case, it's important to have boundaries set in place, letting your family know that you have a schedule at home that you need to abide by. You'll need some time management skills as well.
Just like you nourish your physical body, you must also nourish your mental body throughout the day as you work from home. The following are some tips that can help you feel your best mentally and emotionally when working remotely.
Those that have been working from home for a while will tell you that they tend to feel better when they have a set schedule they stick to throughout the day. This doesn't mean that they're not flexible. It does mean that they have some sense of organization and routine in the day.
If you're working from home, be sure that you have a daily schedule that works for you. It's alright to veer off once in a while, but check in with yourself to be sure that you're feeling organized and getting some things done in a timely manner.
Be sure that throughout the day you are taking breaks to get your body up and moving.
Many remote workers are glued to their computer all day, and this can put a real strain on your neck, back, and legs. It can also affect your mental health.
One thing that works for me is to set a timer that goes off every so often during the day. When I hear the alarm, that's my cue to get up and get moving for a few minutes.
You'll just feel better when you can get up and move throughout the day regularly.
While it's nice to be home, it's also nice to get out and have a social life regularly.
Be sure that you take the time to get together with family or friends and enjoy some activities in the community. This will boost your mental and emotional health, and you'll probably be more productive in your work.
Working remotely is appealing for many people. If you happen to work from home, I hope these tips come in handy and that you will check in on yourself when it comes to your mental health regularly.
If need be, reach out for some support if you find yourself stuck. Whatever it is you're struggling with, you're most likely not alone and many others have struggled with the same thing. Give yourself permission to get extra support if you need.